Don't Learn Vedanta

Treasure Map
It's not ever about learning Vedanta. Vedanta is not a philosophy or a belief system. It is simply a means. It is a methodology. It's a toolbox, a road map. You don't learn it, ever. You just use it to get where you’re going, that's all. And at the end, you throw it out.

Learning Vedanta is not jiva's job here. Jiva's job is to destroy his own ignorance by following the road map, by applying the tools Vedanta offers, to analyze his own experience and find out for himself what is true. This – learning the teaching of Vedanta versus applying the knowledge to ones own experience – is an important distinction.

A former teacher of mine warned me away from Vedanta, and I think it was because he didn't understand this distinction. People can get stuck in the intellect studying Vedanta. They become experts on the subject, but may still not discover who they are. There is nothing wrong with anyone studying Vedanta as an academic subject, and it is a valuable service to others when they share their expertise, but being an expert on Vedanta doesn’t bring about moksha. Using the tools, doing self-inquiry, analyzing your own experience based on what Vedanta shows you as the truth of who you are – this is what brings moksha.

Listen, evaluate, and assimilate. This is all Vedanta asks you to do. And then your map will no longer be needed.